Certainly the house isn't in show-shape by any means, but it's actually cleaner than it's been for over a year. And the side result of this means that we are most likely going to be refinancing the house and will be able to pay off some nasty debts. Even with our craptacular credit rating, we were able to find a lender with a fixed-rate mortgage that is significantly less than we were paying.
However there is some weirdness with the title. Apparently the title to the house is in some sort of limbo because the proper paperwork was not filed when we bought the house originally. And we are just now finding this out. Narf.